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Pretty parasol

September 30, 2016 - We've had a little bit of blessed rain recently, and while it's not enough to nudge us out of the Severe drought categor...
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Old Blue Eyes, redux

September 29, 2016 - It hasn't been a very good year for Spreadwing Damselflies, the members of the odonate suborder Zygoptera whose fore- an...
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Sociable climber

September 27, 2016 - This has been a rough week, walking wise, and my fond hope that I would start every morning with a trek has, because of...
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Last pit stop

September 26, 2016 - Every day, when I watch the still-filled nectar feeder outside the kitchen window, I expect to see, well, nothing... the...
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Clear beginning

September 26, 2016 - There's a time and a place that always seems to give me my first inkling that the annual autumn color show is about to b...
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Great horned, hiding

September 25, 2016 - One of the main reasons for creating this blog was vanity: it would give me a chance to showcase my, of course, splendid...
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Town festival

September 24, 2016 - When we moved to North Stonington in 1984, it was still the quintessential southern New England farm town. Times, and th...
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Hovering mimic

September 23, 2016 - I could easily see how easy it would be to get hooked on a group of Diptera known as Hoverflies. These marvelous bee mim...
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Reptilian autumn

September 22, 2016 - Today marked the first formal day of autumn, and it found me on the trail for much of the morning and early afternoon. B...
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A different "marigold"

September 21, 2016 - The gorgeous red Cardinal Flowers—the glory of August—may have called it a season, but the edges of the fresh-water wetl...
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Spent tulips

September 20, 2016 - I was on a mission today: after the fairly significant rains earlier, I wanted to check the vernal pool at the Babcock r...
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The color purple, more or less

September 19, 2016 - When the wild asters start going blue, it's a sign, yet another sign, that autumn—true equinox autumn, not just fall-fee...
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Bringing in the sheaves

September 18, 2016 - The corn harvest—cow corn, that is... the corn meant for our species is another harvest story—started last month, and al...
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Waiting for a sign

September 17, 2016 - For the past few days, the woods have been alive with young Phoebes. They're quiet, unlike their incessant ratchety call...
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Premature gold

September 16, 2016 - I've been trying to get to the millpond dam area at least a few times a week, and really, I should be getting there ever...
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Early migrant

September 15, 2016 - I've always billed this blog as an account of natural history discoveries I've made and documented on my daily walks. Bu...
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Give a guy a macro

September 14, 2016 - One of my biggest internal debates is always over whether I should invest in macro or telephoto equipment. Now, of cours...
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Another kind of turtle

September 13, 2016 - Last year, when the edge of a nearby wetland was "improved" in an overzealous project, I feared that I had lost a patch...
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On the beach

September 12, 2016 - I know that, a la Louis Pasteur, "chance favors only the prepared mind"—or photographer and naturalist—but hey, sometime...
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Remembering

September 11, 2016 - How could it be that 15 years have gone by since that awful, and almost unnaturally beautiful, Tuesday morning? It seems...
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A hint of autumn

September 10, 2016 - The fierce heat wave continues unabated, and it's really torture, since we now no longer have the option of heading to t...
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Light show

September 09, 2016 - My son-in-law Dennis is an exceptionally talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist, to say nothing of his expertise as...
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Butterfly question

September 08, 2016 - The Polygonia butterflies—the species named after punctuation marks—have been conspicuously absent in the late afternoon...
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Artful mimic

September 07, 2016 - With genuine heat returning and no lake to retreat to, I've been keeping my walks to a minimum, what with my elder statu...
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Webmaster

September 06, 2016 - With the sun back out, but post-Labor-Day busy-ness back in the forecast, I didn't have a lot of time for trekking. Howe...
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Genuinely over

September 05, 2016 - When my grandson Lucas and I left Amos Lake yesterday evening, we deliberately didn't say goodbye to everyone. True, the...
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Last splash

September 04, 2016 - According to the forecast, today was supposed to be grim and gray, with bursts of tropical-storm-force winds and torrent...
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Flight plans

September 03, 2016 - In years past, when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s, sometime during Labor Day weekend, you'd often see the first fl...
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Purple surprise

September 02, 2016 - The weekend forecasts are growing more dire by the minute, as a tropical storm named Hermine begins to work its way nort...
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The real start of autumn

September 01, 2016 - Early on a murky Thursday morning, with the threat of rain and maybe even a tropical storm hanging in the warm and humid...
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